British, Modern Restaurants in Derbyshire
1. Stones British, Modern restaurant in Matlock 1C Dale Rd - DE4
“Excellent in every way” – Kevin Stone’s modern British cooking with Mediterranean flourishes is showcased at the pretty restaurant he runs with his wife Jade and sister Katie, perched above the River Derwent (and with a terrace for sunny days). Prices are brilliant for food of this quality, with an eight-course tasting menu at £52.
2. The Duncombe Arms British, Modern restaurant in Ellastone Main Rd - DE6
2019 Review: This “superbly renovated building in lovely countryside” in “the middle of nowhere” in particular – on the edge of the Peak District and “accessible from the culinary desert of North Staffordshire” – is “busy for good reason”: from a “shortish menu” the food is of “tip top” quality.
3. Callow Hall British, Modern restaurant in Ashbourne Mappleton - DE6
Opened in late Summer 2021, a food-lovers' hotel from new hotel group Wildhive; chef David Bukowicki (ex-Barnsdale Lodge) is looking after the Garden Room restaurant.
4. Fischers at Baslow Hall British, Modern restaurant in Baslow Calver Rd - DE45
“In the Peak District, close to Chatsworth House, Baslow Hall is much more modern than it at first appears up its little hill from the road and – surrounded by a vibrant kitchen garden – it provides a very romantic destination”. Rupert Rowley, chef of 17 years’ standing, upped sticks in early 2019, leaving sous chef James Payne to step into his shoes. Michelin removed their star on the back of the change, but we’ve maintained the survey’s very good ratings, and will reassess next year if necessary.
5. The Samuel Fox Country Inn British, Modern restaurant in Bradwell Stretfield Rd - S33
James Duckett’s “tastefully decorated” inn is set in the Peak District National Park with wonderful views of the Hope Valley. It offers a wide variety of dining options – from bargain early evening menus to tasting menu options – “top notch” fairly traditional cooking provided by “friendly and efficient staff”. Top Menu Tip – “legendary sticky toffee pudding”.
6. Darleys British, Modern restaurant in Derby Darley Abbey Mill - DE22
This “old mill overlooking the river and weir” – part of the Darley Abbey Mills World Heritage site on the Derwent – has an “interesting menu and consistently high-quality cooking”. “Lunch here is always a pleasure, thanks to its setting, space and service as much as its food”.
7. Devonshire Arms at Beeley British, Modern restaurant in Beeley Devonshire Square - DE4
“Recently refitted”, the contemporary interiors of this Chatsworth Estate pub is at odds with its period, stone-clad exterior. All reports say the food – which is served from breakfast onwards, from a range of menus – is of dependably high quality. Top Tip – attractive garden terrace for the summer months.
8. The Saracen's Head British, Modern restaurant in Shirley Church Lane - DE6
“Really pleasing food”, “very good service” and a “lovely location” have earned plaudits over many years from the locals for Robin Hunter’s Derby Dales village gastropub, which has recently added the Church Lane Deli to its attractions.
9. The Peacock at Rowsley British, Modern restaurant in Rowsley Bakewell Rd - DE4
2019 Review: A rather traditionally decorated country house hotel in the Peak District (dating from 1652, and with gardens bordering the River Derwent) with both a bar and ambitious (if pricey) restaurant, where Dan Smith’s cooking continues to win very solid ratings. There’s a range of menus, running up to a 10-course tasting option.
10. Hassop Hall British, Modern restaurant in Nr Bakewell Hassop - DE45
2017 Review: The Chapman family’s romantic and “rather traditional” country house hotel is a good-value culinary destination. Perhaps a refreshing of the formula might be due, but overall there’s strong praise for its “lovely” parkland setting and “welcoming service”.
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